Bad Religion Word-a-Day

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Mercurial (adj.)

Definition: (of a person) Subject to sudden or unpredictable changes

“With mercurial smile and incurable style she was only a dream.”

—“Broken” on The Process of Belief

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In a sentence: Mitt Romney’s political beliefs are as mercurial as a baby’s moods.

Synonyms: fickle, capricious, temperamental, impulsive

Antonyms: staunch, dedicated, consistent, unchanging

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Halcyon (adj.)

Definition: Denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.

“And the halcyon fields of opportunity turn out to be consensual and arbitrary.”

—“Meeting of the Minds” on The Dissent of Man

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In a sentence: Conservatives tend to glorify the era before the sixties as halcyon days, but there were serious issues of racism, sexism, and domination that made it a beneficial time for only a privileged few.

Synonyms: quiet, calm, tranquil, placid

Antonyms: frenzied, turbulent, violent

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Requite (v.)

Definition: (1) To make repayment or return for; (2) to avenge

“We found purchase then with no requite – nothing nice.”

—“Cyanide” on The Dissent of Man

Note: Though “requite” is typically a verb, it is used in the above lyric as a noun meaning “repayment”.

In a sentence: That wolf may have killed Liam Neeson’s wife, but by the look of those glass shards taped to his hands, he’s going to requite that injury quite brutally.

Synonyms: repay, return, retaliate

Antonyms: refuse, dissatisfy


sources: the free dictionary, thesaurus.com


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Rhetoric (n.)

Definition: (1) The art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing; (2) Language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but is often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content

“The faces always different, the rhetoric the same, but we swallow it all and we see nothing change.”

—“Punk Rock Song” on The Gray Race

In a sentence: Many people profess to care for substance over style, but when we look at today’s political landscape, rhetoric continues to earn votes over truth.

Synonyms: oratory, eloquence

Antonyms: conciseness, inarticulateness

 

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Astute (adj.)

Definition: Having or showing an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one’s advantage, of keen perception

“Navigating a tangled web of logic and passion guided by subconscious voices, astute and sharpened.”

—“Tested”: studio track on live album Tested

In a sentence: It was an astute business decision to buy all those forever stamps, Doug. That means big savings when the prices go up.

Synonyms: shrewd, savvy, clever, cunning

Antonyms: ignorant, obtuse, incapable


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Moiety (n.)

Definition: (1) one of two equal parts, half; (2) In Anthropology: a society divided into exactly two descent groups

“Despite that he saw blatant similarity he struggle to find a distinctive moiety. All he found was vulgar superficiality.”

—“Them and Us” on The Gray Race

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In a sentence: Although we tend to treat race in America as a moiety of black and white, the racial landscape of the culture is far more complex.

Synonyms: half, cohort, niche, lineage

Etymology: “moiety” comes from the french word “moitie” meaning “half”

 

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Rugosity (n.)

Definition: (1) the quality of having wrinkles or creases; (2) In Botany: the characteristic of a rough, wrinkled surface, as in certain prominently veined leaves.

“I can see the shadows on the wall, drifting as the leaves start to fall. Unfazed by rugosity, the objects yield to gravity and depict the destiny of us all.”

—“In So Many Ways” on No Substance

In a sentence: The rugosity of bacon makes it easy to grip, despite its greasiness.

Synonyms: wrinkledness, coarseness, unevenness, friction

Antonyms: smoothness, gloss

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sources: thesaurus.com, the free dictionary